Philosophy – guide to happiness
Socrates on Self-Confidence, Epicurus on Happiness, Seneca on Anger, Montaigne on Self-Esteem, Schopenhauer on Love and Nietzsche on Hardship.
Worth watching if you’re into philosophy or want to see things in life from a different perspective.
How mad are you?
“Take ten volunteers, half have psychiatric disorders, the other half don’t, but who is who? Over five days the group are put through a series of challenges – from performing stand-up comedy to mucking out cows.
The events are designed to explore the character traits of mental illness and ask whether the symptoms might be within all of us.Three leading experts in mental health attempt to spot which volunteers have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. But will the individuals who have suffered from mental illness reveal themselves?”
I think it was a very interesting experiment that shows that there isn’t always such a big difference between people with mental disorders and “normal people”. I don’t think it’s very shocking that the “experts” didn’t get more than 2 out of 5. They seemed a bit narrow-minded to me. E.g., they thought that the one with social anxiety was the one that showed the most signs of anxiety, and weren’t aware of the fact that these people often underestimate themselves and often come across as normal people. They thought eating disorders are all about food and body image. They thought this woman had schizophrenia because of the way she talked and due to her slow responses, and didn’t realize that the reason could be that English wasn’t her native language etc.
But it’s worth watching if you are interested in psychology and like to observe people.
“Religulous begins with Bill Maher, standing alone in Israel at a place called Meggido; a worthless pile of rubble where many of the planet’s religions believe the end of the world will begin. From there, Maher pushes us into an intense, honest, and brutally funny discussion of blind belief, presenting the possibility that maybe we should all consider doubt instead. We follow him around the world, as he travels from place to place talking to religious people of different faiths on different continents. The surprising thing here is that even though Maher definitely has an agenda, his movie never skews into the realm of propaganda.
It’s not propaganda, because Maher isn’t running out and finding weirdos to use in smear tactics against the devout. Typically anyone trying to make a case against God goes right to the pedophile priests and the suicide bombers, but Maher makes it a point to focus on normal, reasonably sane religious people. He’s not stacking the deck in his favor, because he doesn’t need to. He talks to truckers in a roadside chapel, he chats with random, middle-class tourists at a Christian-themed amusement park.
He talks to religious shop owners, small town preachers, televangelists, Jews for Jesus, fundamentalist U.S. Senators, Vatican priests, religious scientists, secular Muslims, gay Muslims, people in America, Utah (come on, we all know it’s not really America), Europe, and even in Jerusalem. Though those fumbling for an excuse to discredit him may claim otherwise, these aren’t extremists or lunatics. These are for the most part sane, rational, even intelligent people who believe something which Maher believes is insane.”
Although this documentary has its funny moments, it was a bit disturbing to watch.
HIV = AIDS, fact or fraud?
“Too many people are making too much money out of it, and money is much stronger than truth. This feature-length expose explains exactly how the 300-Billion-dollar AIDS fraud began, why HIV can NOT be the cause of AIDS, what the real causes could be, and who manipulates the public’s good intentions while poisoning hundreds of thousands with toxic drugs that cause the very disease they are supposed to prevent.
You will meet a number of highly reputable scientists who all agree that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS, including Dr. Peter Duesberg, who was the first scientist to map the genetic structure of retroviruses. He is joined by Nobel Prize winners Dr. Kary Mullis and Dr.Walter Gilbert, along with Dr. David Rasnick, an expert in the field of protease inhibitors.”
Ok, so this documentary was biased, but a few statements surprised me. First of all that there is no proven correlation between the HIV virus and AIDS, and critical scientists aren’t allowed to retest this hypothesis.
White blood cells’ CD4-t-cells identify a virus, then they alert B-lymphocite cells to produce antibodies to attack infecting bacteria and viruses. When you take a HIV blood test, if these antibodies are found, the test will come out positive. In persons who are not in AIDS risk groups the HIV test can be wrong 71% of the time. False positives can occur due to Malaria, flu, parasite infections and hormone changes during pregnancy.
Another thing that surprised me is that AZT, the medications given to HIV patients, actually seem to cause AIDS. Mortality of AZT recipients is 25% higher than the untreated.
A human body attacked by a virus usually manage to heal itself by producing antibodies. The question is, why would one take AZT to eliminate the virus (which so far hasn’t worked on anyone) when it is gradually killing the body’s immune system?
The 20 most dangerous drugs
“A team of leading scientists have spent two years analysing the effects of 20 of Britain’s most widely used drugs, and have devised a scientifically rigorous – and controversial – new ranking for them.
How do the brain and body react to each stimulant as it passes into the bloodstream, and what are the long-term effects of drugs relative to their classification?
If the current classification should be changed in view of the latest findings, what exactly is Britain’s most dangerous drug?”
As expected, heroin was deemed the most dangerous drug. Alcohol was no. 5 on the list and tobacco no. 11. With 114 000 deaths a year, tobacco makes a good candidate for the first place, in my opinion.